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Football Heads to Bowling Green for Saturday MAC Opener

Football Heads to Bowling Green for Saturday MAC Opener

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Pregame Coverage:
Akron at Bowling Green Game Notes in PDF Format
Terry Bowden – Bowling Green Week Press Conference Video
Terry Bowden – MAC Weekly Media Teleconference Audio
MAC Weekly – Sept. 23

Gameday Coverage:
Listen to Free Audio Stream (SportsRadio1350.com)
Watch ESPN3 / WatchESPN.com
Follow Free Live Statistics

GAME 5

Akron (1-3, 0-0 MAC) at Bowling Green (3-1, 1-0 MAC)


Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
2:30 p.m. ET
Bowling Green, Ohio
Doyt Perry Stadium (24,000)

Television: ESPN3 and WatchESPN – Michael Reghi (play-by-play) and Rocky Boiman (analyst).

Live Statistics: Available on BGSUFalcons.com.

Radio: Akron-IMG Sports Network – SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship), 1420 WHK in Cleveland, 1440 WHKZ in Warren/Youngstown. Steve French (play-by-play), Brad Detwiler (analyst), Joe Dunn (sideline) (1:30 p.m. ET airtime). Free audio stream at SportsRadio1350.com.

Akron Coach Terry Bowden (West Virginia, 1978): Is in his second season at the helm for the Zips and his 20th campaign as a collegiate head coach, owning a 142-76-2 record (2-14 at Akron). He was named the program's 27th all-time coach on Dec. 22, 2011, but is just the seventh person to hold the position since 1960. He is 0-1 all-time versus Bowling Green.

The Series: Saturday marks the 20th all-time meeting between the Zips and Falcons on the gridiron. Bowling Green leads the series 12-7, including a 6-3 edge in games played at BGSU. Bowling Green has won four-straight matchups in the series (2007-09, 2012), after Akron claimed a victory in 2005 and 2006. The Falcons topped the Zips 24-10 last season in Akron (Oct. 6, 2012).

Up Next: Akron faces Ohio for Homecoming on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 16-12-1, after a 34-28 win over the Zips last year in Athens (Oct. 13, 2012).

Streaks, Storylines, Sidebars
• Akron (1-3, 0-0) begins the Mid-American Conference portion of its schedule by making a trip to Bowling Green (3-1, 1-0) on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. ET contest at Doyt Perry Stadium. The game will be carried on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
• BGSU represents the fourth opponent for Akron this year that competed in a bowl game after the 2012 season. In all, the Zips will face nine teams this year that played in a bowl a season ago (six of its eight MAC foes).
• The UA coaching staff will wear Coach to Cure MD patches on Saturday to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research (CoachtoCureMD.org).
• The Zips closed out non-league play with a 35-30 loss to Louisiana at home last Saturday. Against the Cajuns, Akron erased an early 14-point deficit and took a 24-21 lead early in the fourth quarter. UA pulled to within the final margin with a TD with 29 seconds to play, but its two-point conversion was no good and it was unable to recover an onside kick attempt.
• UA looks for its first road win since a 42-35 victory at Eastern Michigan on Oct. 18, 2008 (stretch 28-straight away losses).

News, Notes, Trends
• Akron has scored 41 of its 96 total points this season during the fourth quarter.
• The Zips have converted on 47.5 percent of their third down attempts this season (29-of-61), which ranks tied for 41st nationally.
• UA has lost just one fumble this season, tied for eighth nationally (at UCF on Aug. 29). Only seven teams nationally have not lost a fumble.
• Akron has recorded five interceptions this season, which is tied for first in the MAC and tied for 23rd nationally. The Zips are tied for 15th nationally in tackles for loss per game (7.8) and tied for 40th in turnovers forced (7).
• The UA defense ranks tied for fourth in the MAC and tied for 38th nationally in sacks, with nine (2.26 spg). The Zips had 16 sacks in 2012.
• The Zips rank 12th nationally in net punting (42.09 yards per punt).
• UA's punt coverage team ranks 22nd in the nation, holding opponents to just 2.83 yards per return. On kickoffs, the Zips are holding opponents to 17.44 yards per return, which ranks 17th nationally.

Player Notables
• For the third-straight year UA entered the season with a new starting quarterback. Sophomore Kyle Pohl has been the starter in all four games and is 82-of-135 passing for 873 yards and seven touchdowns (27-of-43 passing, 321 yards, three TDs against Louisiana).
• Pohl ranks in the top 35 nationally in completions per game (26th, 20.50), passing touchdowns (27th, 7) (tied for 2nd in MAC) and passing yards (34th, 873) (1st in MAC).
• Pohl has passed for 300-plus yards in each of the last two games (321 vs. Louisiana; 311 at Michigan on Sept. 14). He is the seventh player in school history to throw multiple 300-yard games and fourth to crack the 300-yard mark in back-to-back outings (Charlie Frye, Luke Getsy, Dalton Williams).
• Sophomore WR Zach D'Orazio's four TD catches is tied for first in the MAC and tied for ninth nationally. He leads the team with 15 catches for 231 yards, including a long of 77 yards for a TD against Louisiana (14th-longest pass play in school history). He had four catches for 111 yards and one TD versus the Cajuns.
• Freshman WR Fransohn Bickley, who entered the Louisiana game with six catches for 61 yards and no touchdowns, posted five catches for 79 yards and two scores against the Cajuns.
• Fourteen different UA players have caught at least one pass this year. Six different players have made at least one touchdown catch.
• Junior RB Jawon Chisholm's 87 yards rushing off 11 carries against James Madison (Sept. 7) made him the 12th player in school history to rush for at least 2,000 career yards (199 yards, 48 carries, 1 touchdown this season).
• Junior LB Justin March's three interceptions this season is tied for fifth nationally. He leads all linebackers nationally with 0.8 INTs per game.
• March had two interceptions at Michigan (Sept. 14), one for a touchdown, and another against Louisiana. He is the only player in the MAC with two INTs in one game this season.
• Sophomore P Zach Paul's 44.7 yard punt average is second in the MAC and 15th nationally.
• Sophomore PK Robert Stein has made 47-consecutive point-after attempts (MAC-best 12-for-12 this season). The school record for consecutive PATs made is 49 (Russ Klaus, 1984-85). Stein has made 50-of-51 career PATs.